A day after he ran into and seriously injured a 14-year-old girl while she rode a bicycle, Ray Widstrand was “not doing good,” his mother said Monday. “He’s not good.”
Their thoughts were with the victim of Sunday’s collision in New Brighton.
“We are praying for the family,” Linda Widstrand said.
Two years ago, Ray Widstrand was the victim of a highly-publicized mob attack by teenagers on St. Paul’s East Side — an attack that left him with a skull fracture and permanent physical and mental damage.
On Sunday, about 11:50 a.m., the 28-year-old was driving south on Silver Lake Road when he struck the cyclist, Aeris Ewing, of St. Anthony, while he attempted to make a left turn onto the eastbound Interstate 694 entrance ramp.
The girl was in the crosswalk when the collision occurred.
“Who had the right of way is part of the investigation,” patrol spokeswoman Lt. Tiffani Nielson said on Sunday. On Monday, Nielson added that the patrol planned to reconstruct the crash, a review she said is likely to take 60 to 90 days to complete.
“Once the crash investigation is completed, there likely would be a prosecutorial review for charges,” Nielson added. “But, at this time, I cannot answer what, if any, charges could be forthcoming.”
The girl was taken to Children’s Hospital and was in serious condition on Sunday, Nielson said. She was unable to get a condition update on Monday.
Widstrand was not injured in the crash. No alcohol use was detected, the patrol said.
This spring, Widstrand was in Ramsey County District Court for the sentencing of a 17-year-old who threw the first punch at him on the night of Aug. 4, 2013.
The Star Tribune reported then that Widstrand had a restricted driver’s license, worked four hours a day at his old job at a public-access TV station and that he had hoped to be able to work eight hours a day by fall.